I wanted to make a little poll for this? So people could anonymously vote and whatever - BUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuut, that sounds less intimate and fun :/
I’ve been super curious as to what factors you guys take into account before you commission someone. I imagine there’s several factors, so don’t feel inclined to lump yourself in one category. I’d prefer you guys explain yourself anyhow, since it gives me/anyone who reads this more context – not to mention provides new perspectives :3.
But to brainstorm a bit, I figure I’d start us off with a couple things:
Cost – Is cost alone something that will deter/encourage you to commission someone?
Subject/Content – Will you commission an artist solely because they draw things other people won’t?
Style/Vision - To see something unique and different (in execution/artistry)?
Artist – Will you commission someone because you like them/what they stand for (maybe their actual art is 2nd)?
Name – Is it cool seeing popular artists work with your characters?
Availability/Speed – Because someone is quick and reliable/fast?
Quality – General artistry/draftsmanship – does this matter to you?
Obviously a TON of factors go into it – and if I’ve missed something big, let me know! But I’m just curious what general things matter to you guys :3. Pick a couple, maybe rank them, maybe write a quick blip about their influence. Or whatever!
The more opinions, the merrier! Share it around if you want. This should be pretty educational for everyone. There’s no right or wrong answer. Be honest please~! No one’s gonna dog on you for not having the same reasoning ;b.
Thank you all for participating - Please continue leaving your feedback~ And if you have the time to spare - read some of your fellow peer's reasoning's as well~! It may be a breathe of fresh air.
I want to give a bit more of a background as to why I'm writing this/interested in your guys' priorities.
I think it's pretty natural that a lot of us are raised to try to get the most "bang for our buck." In this way, we're often looking for a product - when we want a commission, we want exactly what we're thinking - we want exactly what the artist offers, no more, no less. And we compensate for their work, and that's that.
To a lot of you I've had the honor of working with - you all know that's NOT my style at all. And I highly believe that if I perpetuate what I believe, I attract people with similar thinking.
In a perfect world - it would be all to wonderful if we let go of our typical methods of thinking when it comes to art. It's easy to WANT to put a money sign on it all - but it's so IMPOSSIBLE to determine. :O If I have any voice in the matter, I'd just hope to spread the thought that - when you're commissioning an artist - You aren't getting a product. You're investing in their future. You're supplying them with funds to continue doing what they love, to continue working and improving - and you're a part of that.
And at the same time - Artists. We all need to realize and accept that without these generous patrons - we are nothing - and only with their help, have we become what we become. So don't be an art vending machine. You are an artist. You make art. You don't make products.
Consider this a small taste of a larger heart-to-heart journal I'll be releasing soon (the ever anticipated commission journal)